Earth Week 2014 Solar Workshops held  for university and high school students

Apr 15, 2014

Mt. Pleasant, Mich. — J. Ranck Electric, Inc. (JRE) has announced that they will be hosting area students for two hands-on solar workshops during Earth Week 2014. The professional development day will be Wednesday, April 23rd, at JRE’s headquarters, located at 1993 Gover Parkway, Mt. Pleasant, Mich.

During the workshop, JRE’s Renewable Energy Team will welcome students from Central Michigan University’s Student Environmental Alliance and from the Mt. Pleasant Area Technical Center. JRE’s solar experts will focus on photovoltaic energy generation, DC to AC power inversion, and how a solar array is designed and functions.

The students will have the opportunity to tour JRE’s ongoing 147.6 kW ground mount solar array construction site while learning about the environmental benefits of renewable energy projects and construction safety. A few students will have the opportunity to assist solar technicians in demonstrating how solar panels are installed on ground mounted racking systems.

About JRE’s Renewable Energy Division:

J. Ranck Electric’s Renewable Energy Division is a leader in bringing alternative energy solutions to some of the largest and highest profile solar array installations in the state of Michigan and the Midwest. JRE has installed a total of 9 MW of solar capacity varying from smaller 40 kW projects to seven of the 10 largest arrays in Michigan. These large arrays include projects located at Ford Motor Company, Monroe County Community College and General Motors. Most recently, JRE completed a 265 kW rooftop installation on the Shedd Aquarium, a national historic landmark in Chicago, Ill. JRE provides design/build and bid/spec electrical and communications contracting services for industrial, commercial, institutional, municipal, and utility customers.


Note to Editors:

Media interested in covering these workshops are asked to RSVP prior to this event as space is limited on the job site. Personal Protective Equipment (hardhats, safety vests, and safety glasses) is needed and can be provided. Closed toe shoes are required to attend the job site tour and hands on portions of these workshops.